August 29 , 2017
WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY -- A CELEBRATION WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Women's March on Air Capital and Summer of Sisterhood teamed up with Fearless and Female and SheHopes for an incredible Women's Equality day event and Women for Kansas' own Mary Knecht and Lynn Stephan joined Laura Lombard and other dedicated women from around the state at Aero Plains Brewing on Saturday, August 26, 2017 for the Women's Equality -- Personal Safety Celebration.

Great music and remarkable women speakers from various local organizations discussed their passions and what Women's Equality means today...in our time, all in celebration of our sisters before us who fought for our right to vote.
DOES TRUMP'S TAX PLAN SOUND FAMILIAR, KANSAS? IT SHOULD
Kelsey Ryan, The Wichita Eagle
Slow growth. Tax cuts. Sound familiar?
President-elect Donald Trump's proposed tax plan for the nation is similar to Gov. Sam Brownback's self-proclaimed "real-live experiment" tax plan enacted in 2012.
Both plans include a rate cut for individual income tax and cuts for business income, analysts say.  In Kansas, the theory was that the cuts would spur economic growth. 
"You can look at Kansas and see what happened here. The economic growth did not happen here," said Duane Goossen, former state budget director in both Republican and Democratic administrations and a senior fellow at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, which has been consistently critical of Brownback's policies.
"In Kansas, the state budget is broken," Goossen said.
The benefits of the tax cuts went primarily to the wealthiest Kansans.  Read more here .
LESSONS FROM KANSAS' SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS POLICY
The Morning Call
The Republican governor of Kansas,
Sam Brownback, took office in 2011
and vowed sharp cuts in state taxes
and spending. He promised boundless economic growth.
The inconvenient facts of Gov. Brownback's plan are that state revenues plunged, requiring deeper spending cuts than planned in everything from road repairs to state psychiatric hospitals. The impact on public education was catastrophic. The state budget deficit soared. And, while economic growth nationally remained steady at a little over 2 percent, Kansas growth has been an an anemic 0.2 percent.  The Kansas experiment in supply-side economics has been a disaster, but the essential tenets of the plan are at the center of President Trump's and House Speaker Paul Ryan's tax proposals. Should we be worried?
Read more here.
WHAT MODERATES BELIEVE
David Brooks, The New York Times
Moderates do not see politics as warfare. Instead, national politics is a voyage with a fractious fleet. Wisdom is finding the right formation of ships for each specific circumstance so the whole assembly can ride the waves forward for another day. Moderation is not an ideology; it's a way of coping with the complexity of the world. Moderates tend to embrace certain ideas:
The truth is plural. There is no one and correct answer to the big political questions. Instead, politics is usually a tension between two or more views, each of which possesses a piece of the truth Read more here .
THIS WEEK IN VOTER SUPPRESSION
Charles P. Pierce, esquire.com
Let's begin in the failed state of  Kansas, whence has come Kris Kobach, the chairman of the president's Potemkin voter-fraud commission, leaving behind him a long trail of bright neon clues as to what he's really all about.
Critics of Kansas' election system argue its unusually high number of discarded ballots reflects policies shaped over several elections that have resulted in many legitimate voters being kept off voter rolls in an effort to crack down on a few illegitimate ones.  Read more here .
OUR VIEW: KOBACH'S TRUE COLORS ON DISPLAY
The Garden City Telegram
Secretary of State Kris Kobach's record speaks for itself.
He's long been central to the nativist movement, with ties to extremist organizations engaged in white supremacist activities - namely the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The driving force behind voter suppression measures nationwide, Kobach has been vigilant in harassing and marginalizing minorities and other citizens - to include those he purportedly represents in Kansas.
Now running for governor, he again showed his true colors in the wake of a recent white supremacist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va.  Read more here .
PUNISH PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS
Catherine Rampell, Standard-Examiner
In the federal government and in most states, there are consequences when governments deprive Americans of their constitutional right to liberty - through, say, wrongful imprisonment.  So why aren't there more meaningful consequences when states deprive Americans of their constitutional right to vote?
Again and again, "voter fraud" has been shown to be virtually nonexistent. Yet in the name of eradicating this imagined scourge, state officials around the country have been systemically and aggressively disenfranchising American citizens. 
And this doesn't even capture the full extent of voter-suppression efforts, given that some changes have been done administratively rather than through legislation.
Read more here
WHY DID KANSAS DISCARD NEARLY 14,000 BALLOTS IN THE 2016 ELECTION?
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board,
The Kansas City Star
On Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York urged the White House to disband its misnamed Election Integrity Commission, whose vice chairman is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
We're not big fans of using must-pass bills as trees on which to hang unrelated legislative ornaments. But the senator is right to call for the dismantling of the already-discredited commission.
Instead, Americans should support Schumer's alternative: public hearings on the status of voting rights.
Perhaps they could start in Texas... And by all means let's take testimony from Kobach in Kansas.
Read more here.
FACT METER: KANSAS BUDGET DIRECTOR'S CHART OFFERS MISLEADING VIEW OF KANCARE WAITING LIST
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
The fate of thousands of Kansans with intellectual or developmental disabilities who don't receive benefits for which they're qualified remains a contentious issue more than four years into operation of the state's privatized $3 billion Medicaid system.
KanCare, the state's Medicaid program funded by state and federal dollars, was outsourced by the Brownback administration to three for-profit insurance companies in January 2013.  Sullivan shared with lawmakers Aug. 23 a graph illustrating size of the pre-KanCare and post-KanCare waiting lists for intellectually or developmentally disabled Kansans.
Fact Meter finds the statistical representation of KanCare's influence on the waiting list misleading.  Read more here .
KANSANS SHARE KANCARE CONCERNS WITH
LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal
Individuals and associations representing enrollees in Kansas' Medicaid program shared frustration Monday with difficulty securing services for thousands of people eligible for assistance as well as with Gov. Sam Brownback's declaration of policy victory for saving the state treasury $1.4 billion after turning the system over to three insurance companies.
"If we are saving so much money with KanCare, why do we still have a waiting list of seven to eight years?" said Roxanne Hidaka, an Overland Park representative of Case Management Services.  Read more here .
TOPEKA MOTHER SHARES KANCARE INSIGHTS DESPITE
RISK OF RETALIATION
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
Topeka adoptive and foster care parent Kathy Keck pulled the microphone close Wednesday to make certain everyone at the Capitol captured the depth of the despair in her voice about the Medicaid program in Kansas operated by three for-profit companies.
Her decision to reveal to the Legislature's oversight committee on KanCare personal struggles with the $3.3 billion program serving 415,000 Kansans wasn't made lightly. She chose to push aside anxiety the lives of her three children could be harmed through retribution by state agencies, private contractors or others. She declined to allow fear to silence honest discussion of her journey in the KanCare system.
Read more here.
THE COLOR OF LAW: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF HOW OUR GOVERNMENT SEGREGATED AMERICA
Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, personal choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law uncovers a forgotten history of how racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist to this day.  Read more here .

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017, 3:00pm
Wichita State University, 231 Hubbard Hall
1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita

Join Richard Rothstein for a discussion and book signing of his work, 'The Color of Law : A Forgotten History of how our Government Segregated America'. You won't want to miss this! RSVP for this event here.
IN SCHOOL FUNDING BATTLE, THE KANSAS SUPREME COURT WILL PREVAIL OVER CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATORS
Steve Rose, The Kansas City Star
We've heard this teeth-gnashing nonsense before, and we're now
hearing it again: If the Kansas Supreme Court orders more funding for K-12 schools beyond what the Legislature has approved, it will trigger a constitutional crisis.
That so-called crisis would erupt because, in the opinion of many conservative state legislators, the high court does not have the authority to arbitrarily overrule the "power of the purse" granted solely to the Legislature.
That is preposterous.  Read more here .
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:00 PM
Trinity Heights Methodist Church
1200 Boyd Ave, Newton, Kansas
(Across the street from Newton High School on West 12th Street)

Our fall schedule opens with a presentation on the Newton bond issue by Superintendent Deb Hamm. We hope you'll plan to attend to ask and discuss any questions you have regarding this issue.

ALSO: Please mark your calendar to attend the lecture by Leonard Pitts at Bethel College Memorial Hall, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 12th. There is a book signing after the presentation.
Hope to see you there

QUESTIONS? Contact Gini Johnson at
316-619-9142 or johnsongini@hotmail.com.
DEMOCRACY TOMORROW:
INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN  KANSAS ELECTIONS

SEPTEMBER 8,  9:30am-4pm
Wichita State University
Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Rm 180
5015 E. 29th Street N., Wichita

Featuring a bipartisan group of some of the nation's leading experts on election administration, strategies for increasing citizen participation, and voting rights.
 
Registration is required to attend;
registration and more information about the event can be found here.

Lmited number of hotel scholarships also available for attendees outside of the Wichita metropolitan area. 
 
Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested, and we  hope to see you there!
League of Women Voters
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

With the upcoming election in 2017, we would like to register voters so all citizens have a voice. We will be joining the National League of Women Voters on  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 for a Voter Registration Day.

Would you be willing to help The League and register voters on Tuesday, September 26, 2017?

We do appreciate your help with this.  Contact Maurine Pruitt at 785-313-2602 or  www.lwvmrc.org .
2018 RACES FOR GOVERNOR, CONGRESS DRAWING UNUSUALLY CROWDED FIELDS
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
With 11 months still to go before the 2018 primaries, the governor's race is not the only political race Kansas drawing an unusual amount of competition.
"I've been here 40 years and I've never seen anything quite like it, to tell you the truth," University of Kansas political scientist Burdett Loomis said in an interview. "I think it illustrates a tremendous uncertainty in Kansas politics right now, where everybody I think sees a path to becoming governor."
Read more here .
THE PUSH FOR MORE PUBLIC STATUES OF NOTABLE WOMEN
Maya Rhodan, TIME
During a January event aimed at mobilizing young women to run for political office, Karunaratne heard an interesting factoid from former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios: The only women among Central Park's statues are Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare's Juliet and Mother Goose.
"Our goal is not just statues," says Karunaratne. "But also building names and park names and street names so that we start to get comfortable and familiar with women's names as much as we are with men's names and recognize that they are of equal importance."
Read more here.
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  here .
SEE WHAT YOU'VE GONE
AND DONE!
Your belief in Women for Kansas and the work we do to elect, and keep, moderates in Topeka has created
13 W4K Chapters across the state! Thousands of moderate voters thank you.  As you know, 2018 is a momentous election year, and we're looking for committed W4K members. 

If you're interested in being involved, contact a Chapter Leader. A complete list of Chapter Leaders and their contact information is available here.

If you're interested in forming a Chapter, contact Deanna Zitterkopf at beowulfprof@cox.net .

BECOME A MEMBER OF WOMEN FOR KANSAS!   

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds
of determined Women for Kansas,
2016 was the year we began turning the ship around. In the Senate, we picked up 10 moderate seats; in the House,  we added 28. Not quite a legislative majority but changed enough so that Brownback and his lemmings can no longer stream roll over us.
 
Up next: planning for the 2018 gubernatorial/statewide races.

With your support, Women for Kansas will again help lead the way.

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NEW CANDIDATE ADDS WRINKLE TO KANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE RACE
Stephen Koranda, kmuw 89.1
Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Scott Schwab has now filed to explore a run for secretary of state. He's taken issue with Kobach's campaign claim that there's corruption in the Legislature.
"He's insulting my integrity," Schwab said. "He's going to back it up."
Schwab is helping draft a letter from lawmakers demanding Kobach spell out his allegations. If there is corruption, Schwab said he wants to take action by the end of the session.  Listen here .
W4K VOTING RIGHTS WATCH:
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP CHALLENGE INDIANA'S USE
OF CROSSCHECK
The NAACP and the League of Women Voters of the U.S. have challenged Indiana's use of Kris Kobach's racially-biased Crosscheck vote-purging program. The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday, August 23, specifically challenges Indiana Senate Bill 442 which changed the way the state implemented Crosscheck. Previously, when an Indiana voter was flagged by Crosscheck, the state sent an address confirmation mailer by way of notification. (Though better than nothing, these notifications look like junk mail and are easy to ignore.) However, SB442, which went into effect on July 1, allows the state to immediately remove voters from the roll, removing the notification step.  Watch here, read entire article  here .
LAWYERS TRY TO PUT KOBACH UNDER OATH IN TRUMP VOTER PANEL CASE
Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
Opponents of President Trump's voter integrity commission asked a federal judge Thursday for permission to depose Vice Chairman Kris Kobach as they seek to force the panel to be more transparent about what it's doing.
"Vice Chair Kobach, as the operational leader of the Commission, has unique knowledge regarding whether he or other commissioners have communicated or kept documents regarding the Commission outside of official federal government systems, the existence of certain types of records (such as any documents relating to the Commission that have not been shared with the full Commission), and whether the Commission's anticipated activities extend beyond providing advice to the President," the lawyers said.
Read more here .
DOCUMENTARY: BIG PHARMA
A Documentary film from Unfinished Business Foundation

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7-9pm
First Unitarian Universalist
Church of Wichita
7202 E. 21st St. N., Wichita

Big Pharma: Market Failure explores the problem of extreme drug prices in the US and how drug cost impacts on the public, on businesses and the overall US economy.  This documentary makes an effective business case for realizable change. It digs deep to answer key questions. How much do pharma companies really spend on research and development of truly innovative drugs? Do "free market" principles impact on drug prices and help control cost? Do the normal rules of business apply to the pharma industry? How do TV ads impact consumers and doctors?
The documentary proposes is to create a solution that makes business sense for employers and health sense for employees. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it.

Co-hosted by Expand Medicaid in Kansas NOW and First UU.
ACADEMIC STUDY CONCLUDES EXXON MOBILE MISLED ON CLIMATE CHANGE
PBS Newshour
Exxon Mobil has been criticized for allegedly hiding what it knew about the perils of climate change. Now researchers from Harvard University have published a study alleging that the oil and gas giant tried to systematically mislead the public about climate change for 40 years. William Brangham learns more from science correspondent Miles O'Brien.  Watch here .

Attn: Life
Rising temperatures are killing tons of jobs.  Watch here .
RENOWNED  JOURNALIST
LEONARD PITTS  TO SPEAK  AT BETHEL COLLEGE

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 7:00PM
MEMORIAL HALL
Bethel College Campus
300 E. 27th St., North Newton

The Kansas Institute for  Peace & Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)  at Bethel College is bringing  LEONARD PITTS  to campus to celebrate KIPCOR'S 30th Anniversary.
The keynote event  will be a lecture and book-signing on Tues.,  Sept. 12, 7pm 

More details  later, but mark your calendar NOW.
BIPARTISAN GROUP OF FEMALE KANSAS LAWMAKERS WILL SPEAK AT FHSU FORUM
Hays Post
The Hays/Russell Chapter of Women for Kansas, FHSU Student Government and Phi Kappa Phi are joining to host a public forum with a bipartisan group of female Kansas legislators who helped to find the solution to the tax issue this past legislative session. 
Free and open to the public, the meeting will be held

SEPTEMBER 16, 2:00 PM
Fort Hays State University Memorial Union
700 College Drive, Hays

The representatives will be sharing how/why the caucus formed followed by Q&A about the Caucus itself, the past session, important legislation, upcoming elections, etc.; a little strategic vision about where the caucus is going and then a wrap-up with how to get more people involved in politics.

For more information call Dawn
Berry, (785) 567-3018.
STATE GOVERNMENT: HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN KS
From tracking legislation, to contacting your state legislator or governor,
to viewing campaign contributions,
this article is  packed full of
useful information
EVERY  Kansan should know.
PDF of handout available here.

2017-2018 KANSAS ROSTER AND CONTACT INFORMATION
KS House of Representatives Roster
Kansas Senate Roster

NOT SURE WHO REPRESENTS YOU?  WE CAN HELP
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ARE YOU UNDER 30?
There are nearly 5,000 of you.
See who you know on the voter suspense list.  List available here .

VOTERS IN SUSPENSE?
Which Kansas counties keep
highest number of would-be voters  in suspense?
See the numbers  by  county here .
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!
This outrageous conduct of politicians.
You are their boss and we as a people are completely capable of retaking control of our civic life.
Vote Smart has made a great start. We track all of their votes, words, bios, ratings, money and issue positions in easy to use systems. Together we can retake possession of our government.
Visit website or call  888-VOTESMART .



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